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  07 Jul 2020

07 Jul 2020

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ICON in Climate Limited-area Mode (ICON Release Version 2.6.1): a new regional climate model

Trang Van Pham1, Christian Steger1, Burkhardt Rockel2, Klaus Keuler3, Ingo Kirchner4, Mariano Mertens5, Daniel Rieger1, Guenther Zaengl1, and Barbara Frueh1 Trang Van Pham et al.
  • 1Deutscher Wetterdienst, Frankfurterstr. 135, 63067 Offenbach am Main, Germany
  • 2Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, German
  • 3Brandenburg University of Technology, P.O. 10 13 44, 03013 Cottbus, Germany
  • 4Freie Universität Berlin, Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10, 12165 Berlin, Germany
  • 5Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Münchener Strasse 20, Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany

Abstract. For the first time the limited-area mode of the new weather and climate model ICON has been used for a continuous long-term regional climate simulation over Europe. Building upon ICON-LAM, ICON-CLM v.0 (ICON in Climate Limited-area Mode, hereafter ICON-CLM) is an adaptation for climate applications. A first version of ICON-CLM is now available and has already been integrated into a starter package (ICON-CLM_SP). The starter package provides users with a technical infrastructure that facilitates long-term simulations as well as model evaluation and test routines. ICON-CLM and ICON-CLM_SP were successfully installed and tested on two different computing systems. Test with different domain decompositions showed bit-identical results, and no systematic outstanding differences were found in the results with different model time steps. Comparison was done between ICON-CLM and COSMO-CLM (the recommended model configuration by the CLM-Community) performance. For that, an evaluation run with ERA-Interim boundary conditions was carried out with the setups similar to the COSMO-CLM recommended optimal setups. ICON-CLM results showed biases in the same range as those of COSMO-CLM for all evaluated surface variables. This is remarkable because the COSMO-CLM simulation was carried out with the latest model version which has been developed for two decades and was carefully tuned for climate simulations on the European domain. Furthermore, ICON-CLM already showed a better performance for air temperature, its daily extremes, and total cloud cover. Results for precipitation and mean sea level pressure did not show clear advantage from any model. However, as ICON-CLM is still in the early stage of development, there is still much room for improvement.

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A new regional climate model was prepared based on a weather forecast model. To extend the weather forecast model for climate applications, slow processes of the climate system such as ocean state development, green house gas emission were implemented in the model. A model infrastructure was also prepared to facilitate long-term simulations. ICON-CLM first results were quite close to observations and comparable to those from COSMO-CLM, the recommended model being used at Deutscher Wetterdienst.
A new regional climate model was prepared based on a weather forecast model. To extend the...